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Man Utd players 'didn't want Harry Maguire as captain' as dressing room unrest revealed

Rory O'Callaghan

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Man Utd players 'didn't want Harry Maguire as captain' as dressing room unrest revealed

Harry Maguire will reportedly seek to leave Manchester United this summer after being stripped of the club captaincy.

Maguire, 30, has fallen down the pecking order at United since Ten Hag was appointed manager last summer.

While Maguire kept the captaincy last season, vice-captain Bruno Fernandes was the de facto skipper for much of the campaign.

On Sunday, Ten Hag informed Maguire that he planned to change his captain for the upcoming season, stripping the England international of the role.

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Maguire confirmed the move in a statement on social media, in which he expressed his disappointment but vowed to support whoever was appointed as his replacement.

The Sun claim Maguire was 'angry, shocked and upset' with Ten Hag after being informed of his decision in training.

It is claimed a 'furious' Maguire will now seek to leave the club, with West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle interested – and Chelsea also considering entering the race for the defender's signature.

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Man Utd players 'didn't want Maguire as captain'

Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst claims Ten Hag chose to remove Maguire as captain, partly because 'a lot of' United players didn't want him the role.

"Ten Hag had to change captain, particularly as #mufc are open to letting Maguire leave. Maguire was a premature promotion by [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and a lot of teammates weren't having him as captain," tweeted Luckhurst.

"He's at least handled his decline at United professionally, unlike others.

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"As for Ten Hag, his suitability as #mufc manager grows with every month. He's seen off the two legends who were past it, disciplined the teen prodigy, dropped the top scorer and now stripped the captain of the armband.

"Every decision has been the right one."

Maguire confirmed Ten Hag's decision in a statement on social media, which read: "After discussions with the manager today he has informed me he is changing captain.

"He outlined his reasons to me and whilst I'm personally extremely disappointed, I will continue to give my all every time I wear the shirt.

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"So I wanted to say a massive thank you to the Manchester United fans for all their brilliant support whilst I’ve been wearing the armband.

"Since the day I took on the role, three and a half years ago, it's been a huge privilege to lead Manchester United and one of the proudest moments of my career to date.

"It's one of the greatest honours in club football. I’ve done everything I possibly could to help United be successful - on and off the field.

"I will always be grateful to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for first giving me the responsibility and I wish whoever now takes it on every success and they will have my full support."

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Manchester United, Harry Maguire, Football, Premier League, Transfers

Rory O'Callaghan
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